Data is among the most valuable resources in today’s economy, but digital technologies are evolving quickly, and Canada needs the right policies in place to compete globally – from privacy rules, to competition law, to Open Data efforts from governments. Data Driven is a business-led effort to establish a consensus position on made-in-Canada policy solutions for governing the realities of today’s data-driven world.
The Business Council of Canada launched the Task Force on Canada’s Economic Future, which engaged Canadians from across the country to advance policies that enhance growth and ensure a better future for all.
The Task Force’s report and recommendations outline how governments, businesses and other stakeholders can work together to strengthen Canada’s economic capacity, accelerate growth and spur investment for the benefit of all citizens. At the same time, it calls on employers to enhance Canada’s human potential by embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, promoting mental health and supporting a more skilled and innovative workforce.
Canadians do business in every corner of the globe, but geography alone means that our economic strength always will depend disproportionately on North America. The Business Council of Canada championed the idea of a comprehensive free trade agreement with the United States in the 1980s and subsequently the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The economic success that has flowed from these two initiatives on its own is persuasive evidence that we should continue to build on their foundation.
Asia’s rise is the single most transformative force within the global economy. Rapid urbanization and the expected doubling of the world’s middle class over the next 15 years will have profound consequences. Countries and companies that adapt successfully to these changes can expect to prosper and grow; others will be left behind.
Spearheaded by the Munk School of Global Affairs, the CANASIA Footprint map displays nearly 1200 locations of Canadian companies and organizations in Asia, filtering by sector, country and province. Based on publicly available data, this is a living, evolving map that conveys the extent of Canadian business activities in Asia. Click here to explore.
The global economy is evolving. Developing countries, from China to Brazil, are making unprecedented investments in education and training. Countries that were once poor and low-skilled are rapidly moving up the value chain, producing increasing numbers of highly educated workers.
Succeeding and prospering in the 21st century will require a broad national effort to strengthen Canada’s human capital advantage. In 2013, the Business Council launched Taking Action for Canada: Jobs and Skills for the 21st century. Since then, the Council has continued its work on ensuring Canada can be home to the world’s most dynamic and innovative workforce.
The Business Council works closely with a number of organizations that share our commitment to shaping public policy in the interests of a stronger Canada and a better world.
|1||Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange||An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX), will help Canadian businesses and consumers guard against cyber-attacks. Launching in 2016, the CCTX will share information about cyber threats and vulnerabilities among businesses, government and research institutions. It will provide its members and the general public with analysis of cybersecurity issues and act as a point of contact for cyber information-sharing organizations in other countries|
|2||Business Higher Education Roundtable||Launched in 2015 by the Business Council, the Business/Higher Education Roundtable represents some of Canada’s largest companies and leading post-secondary institutions. Composed of leaders from the private sector, universities, colleges and polytechnics, the Roundtable works to help young Canadians transition from education to the workplace, strengthen research collaboration between industry and institutions, and help Canadian employers as they adapt to the economy of the future.|
|3||Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders||The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders seeks to develop advice to boost women’s economic engagement. The Council is an independent and autonomous group that makes recommendations for the advancement of women to the private sector and their respective governments.|
|4||C.L.I.C. - Community of Leaders Innovating in Corporations||The C.L.I.C. challenge pairs high-growth start-up founders and corporate executives who work together to find viable and innovative solutions to address challenges in Canadian industries.|
|5||The POST Promise||Business Council of Canada is a founding sponsor of the "POST Promise". It calls on business owners and managers across the country to uphold five key steps to help stop the spread of the coronavirus: maintaining physical distance, washing and sanitizing hands, keeping workplaces clean and disinfected, staying home if unwell, and practicing respiratory etiquette, including wearing a mask when recommended.|